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2 home invasions reported in Holland Township


HOLLAND TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WZZM) -- The Ottawa County Sheriff's Department is investigating two home invasions that happened early Monday morning.

The suspects entered two homes between 4 and 6:30 a.m. in a subdivision near 120th Avenue and Riley Street in Holland Township.

The homeowners were home and sleeping at the time. They reported hearing something unusual, but did not catch the burglars in the act.

The thieves got away with thousands of dollars in cash, jewelry and electronics. They were able to get in through unlocked doors.

The sheriffs' department is now reminding everyone to make sure to lock their doors.

If you have any information regarding these incidents, please call (800) 249-0911.


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Group launches campaign to save Lake Michigan buoy


PORT SHELDON TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) - An effort is underway to prevent a high-tech buoy credited with supplying critical information from Lake Michigan from being moved out of western Michigan.

The nonprofit Great Lakes Observing System is managing a fundraising campaign to cover about $25,000 in annual upkeep costs for the buoy. The fundraising campaign has until the end of February to meet that goal.

The buoy has been located in Lake Michigan off Ottawa County's Port Sheldon Township since 2012. The Holland Sentinel reports that it provides nearly real-time data to anyone interested in knowing about local weather and wave patterns.

8 hospitalized in foggy Zeeland crash


ZEELAND, Mich. (WZZM)-- Foggy conditions are being blamed for a Zeeland crash sending eight people to the hospital.

It happened just after 6 p.m. Saturday on 88th Avenue. Ottawa County Sheriff's Deputies say a 1998 Oldsmobile Minivan was traveling southbound when the driver ran a stop sign at New Holland. The minivan went into the ditch.

Six adults and two kids inside the vehicle were taken to area hospitals. Everyone is in stable condition.

The Ottawa County Sheriff's Department is continuing to investigate this crash.

Holland police confirm jealousy as motive in murders


HOLLAND, Mich. (WZZM) -- Holland police confirm the motive in Monday's double murder, and the suspect's following suicide, was jealousy.

Friends and family told WZZM 13 on Tuesday that the murders were part of a love triangle among the victims, Mani Khounvongsa and Gilberto Andrade-Pena, who were dating and the suspect, Bounthavee Nerasin, Khounvongsa's ex-boyfriend.

On Wednesday, Nerasin's wife confirmed that Nerasin was the father of Khounvongsa's 7-year-old daughter. She also says police searched their home and found a note written by her husband saying that he was going to meet with the victims the night of the murders.

Nerasin committed suicide the next day outside a temple in Holland Township.


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Friends: Victims, Holland homicide suspect involved in 'love triangle'


HOLLAND, Mich. (WZZM) -- Friends and family say the suspect in Monday night's double murder-suicide in Holland knew both his victims. Some are calling it a "love triangle."

It started at an apartment complex in the 300 block of Stratford Way. Mani Khounvongsa, 37, was with her boyfriend, 40-year-old Gilberto Andrade-Pena.

Bountavee Nerasin, 51, came to their apartment. Friends say he's Khounvongsa's ex-boyfriend, and suspect he's the father of her 7-year-old daughter.

"The female is the mother of three, the 7-year old was not at the residence at the time," said Capt. Jack Dykstra with the Holland Police Department.

Holland double homicide suspect dead


HOLLAND, Mich. (WZZM) -- After a standoff with police, the suspect in a double murder in Holland is dead. It all began Monday night at an apartment complex on Stratford way.
 
Police say the suspect, 51 year-old Bounthavee Nerasin, knew and targeted his victims.  Then, hours after their deaths he took his own life.
 

Community Foundation Grant Enhances Hope College Nursing Outreach with Waverly Meadows

HOLLAND – A multi-year award from the Community Foundation of the Holland/Zeeland Area is enhancing an ongoing program that connects Hope College nursing students with residents of Waverly Meadows, an independent-living senior community in Holland.

“The Community Foundation is excited to support the Hope College Nursing Department’s new partnership to provide health services to Waverly Meadows residents with a grant from our Community’s Endowment,” said Elizabeth Kidd, vice president of community impact with the foundation.  “We believe this program will have a lasting impact on the health and quality of life of the seniors served.”